Wednesday, November 30, 2016

All About Healthy Living Program

The state’s largest locally-owned health insurer, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona (BCBSAZ), is working with Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus- Pine Council (GSACPC) to develop a special patch for girls that focuses on healthy living. The patch – available to all local Girl Scouts, from Daisies to Ambassadors – teaches the girls about several important aspects of wellness, including fitness, community, friendship, career and general health.
The All About Healthy Living patch is a one-of-a-kind collaboration and will be unveiled during GSACPC’s World Thinking Day event on Saturday, Feb. 20. This patch program is the most comprehensive of its kind, providing progressive, age-appropriate, hands-on learning opportunities for girls from K to 12. It also incorporates a spectrum of activities focusing on key aspects of wellness with more than 70 local community organizations around the state.
“This joint effort with the Girl Scouts is another way BCBSAZ is reaching Arizona youth about the importance of forming lifelong health and wellness habits. The program has the ability to impact more than 20,000 Girl Scouts from Maricopa County to the Navajo Nation,” said Jennifer Kaufman, vice president of marketing at BCBSAZ.
A Girl Scout will receive the All About Healthy Living patch when she participates in World Thinking Day and then must successfully complete an activity in each of the five wellness categories to earn a “rocker” for that category. Once earned, these “rockers” are placed around the outside of the All About Healthy Living patch. The five “rocker” categories are fitness, friends, community, future and health.
“This collaboration is not only good for our community but offers value for all of our Girl Scouts,” said Tamara Woodbury, chief executive officer at GSACPC. “The All About Healthy Living patch will help our Girl Scouts discover, connect and take action around the issue of healthy living. It’s an engaging model designed to inspire a culture of health and wellness for our girls.”
This Girl Scout initiative is one of many community efforts that BCBSAZ supports under its Nourishing Arizona program. Through the Nourishing Arizona program, BCBSAZ educates communities across the state about making better food choices and preventing chronic health conditions. Helping Arizona families build active lifestyles and form lifelong healthy habits remains a significant focus for the not-for-profit company. 

For more information on how to earn the rockers:

2017 Annual Meeting

We’re getting ready for the 2017 Annual Council Meeting! It will be held Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 8 am until 2 pm at the new Parsons Leadership Center at South Mountain.

If you are a Girl Scout aged 14 and older, you can represent Pima at this meeting.  

We need 9 delegates for the meeting and priority will be given to those who have not attended in the past two years.  Girl members will be given priority over adult members. 

Please send your name, address, email address, and troop number to

Current seats remaining: 5

December Leader's Meeting Agenda


MSE Report -- Susan Rees
SongFest Wrap up -- Terri
Outdoor Cooking Wrap Up --  Lee
Vista del Camino -- Holly
Cookie Sales Q&A -- Lee, Holly, and/or Diana
Annual Meeting Delegates -- Diana
All About Healthy Living Program -- Diana
Cookie Cupboard Staffing -- Diana/Catherine
Troop Camp Certification 2 Opportunities -- Diana/Lee


Leader's social tonight at Goldie's at 8:15

*Reminder* Next leader's meeting is January 9th

Cookie Rally -- January 6, 2017, 6 pm -- Marilyn, 2064
**Dr. Doolittle -- February 18, 2 pm --- Diana, 2256
Thinking Day -- February 26, 2017 -- Diana, 2256
Encampment -- March 17-19 -- Lee, 2010
Camp Basic -- April 1-2 -- Lee, 2010
Father/Daughter Dance -- Kate, 1736
** Day Camp -- June 19-23, 2017 -- Diana, 2256

** Recruitment Activities

Spring Encampment

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Pima Neighborhood Spring Encampment

Who: All troops, 3rd grade and up,
1st/2nd grade troops (Saturday day)
Leaders + daughters of younger troops
What: Camping and fun in the pines!  
Where: Camp Maripai, outside Prescott, AZ
When: March 17-19, 2017
Cost: $37 per person ( plus program fees).

Registration deadline:  Jan 10.   Late Registration until Feb 7:  $47.   
Space is limited--first come, first served!

Hope to see you there!

Dr. Doolittle Theater Event

Troop 2256 is excited to offer a special showing of Dr. Doolittle at the Fountain Hills Theater on February 18th at 2 pm.   In addition, the theater has agreed to do a talk-back between the audience and the cast after the show.  Cost is $11 per person for the show, the talkback, and a patch. 

If Pima Neighborhood cannot fill the seats, it will be opened to the general public on January 3rd.  To purchase tickets, RSVP and pay Diana.  Checks should be made out to Pima Neighborhood.

The theater capacity is just 89 people, so act fast!  

Monday, November 14, 2016

Cookie Rally

Friday January 6, 6-7:30pm 
Mountainside Middle School Cafeteria


- Best blinged booth 
- Best blinged wagon 

  • Sample the new cookies!
  • Play Cookie Bingo!
  • Practice your Sales Pitch
  • Learn about the new Digital Cookie 
  • Vote for your favorite Cookie
  • Learn to set your Sales Goal
  • Get Ideas for Gift of Caring, Troop Trips, and Troop Activities
  • Crafts
  • Cookies
  • Fun!


Sponsored by troops 2064 and Pima Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador Girl Scouts 

COST: $1/GIRL (includes patch!) 

Please make checks to Pima Neighborhood. Register by 12/18/2016 or turn in at the neighborhood meeting. 

Send to: Marilyn Kashouh
(See emailed flyer for contact information)

Thursday, November 3, 2016

November Leader's Meeting Agenda


Rededication and Invesiture -- Julie

MSE Report 
Fall Product -- Diana 
Encampment Wrap Up -- Lee
Juliette Low Birthday Party Wrap Up -- Stacey

Leader's social tonight at Diana's house: dessert and wine bar at 8:15

SongFest -- November 10, 2016 -- Terri
Outdoor Cooking -- November 12, 2016 -- Lee
Cookie Rally -- January 6, 2017 -- Marilyn
Thinking Day -- February 26, 2017 - Diana
Encampments -- March 17-19
Father/Daughter Dance -- OPEN
** Day Camp -- June 19-23, 2017 -- Diana

** Recruitment Activities

Vista del Camino Adopt a Family Program

It's that time of year again for us to have the opportunity to help many families in need for the holidays. For new leaders, our neighborhood has been participating in the Vista del Camino Adopt a Family program for over 14 years, sponsoring between 50-75 kids each year. I hope you and your troop will participate this year and make a huge difference to a lot of kids!
Vista del Camino Social Services provides food, clothing, and emergency assistance to Scottsdale residents in need. Many members of our community need the support of others to provide their children with a special holiday. Others may be disabled or elderly and unable to provide for themselves. Each year over 400 families are helped for Thanksgiving and 550 for Christmas.
Holiday Adopt-a-Family
The Holiday Program partners with Concerned Citizens for Community Health, a non-profit organization supporting Scottsdale residents in crisis, to host this program. Vista staff provides adopters with a brief biography about the family, including gift suggestions and sizes for the children. You are asked to provide 3 gifts chosen from the ‘wish list’ provided by each child (total spend is ~$100.) Please consider also donating a $25 grocery gift card for the Christmas dinner. If you wish to provide more for the holiday meal, please do so in the form of additional grocery gift cards (rather than one larger one.) In addition to Christmas, Vista will also honor other holiday traditions such as Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Ramadan.
Troop signup for the Adopt-a-Family Holiday Program started with our leaders' meeting in October and will run through Sunday, November 13th. I will email sponsored child information as soon as I receive our assignments.
Thank you on behalf of 100’s of families in need in Scottsdale!
We’re making the world a better place.